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Israeli forces shoot Palestinian siblings, killing 1, near West Bank settlement

Oct. 31, 2017 9:15 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2017 2:30 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday shot two Palestinian siblings near the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, northwest of Ramallah in the northern occupied West Bank, killing the brother and wounding the sister.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that Muhammad Abdullah Moussa, 26, from the village of Deir Ballout, west of Salfit, died on his way to an Israeli hospital after soldiers opened fire at his car.

His sister, Latifa, 33, was injured in the shoulder and was reported to be in moderate condition.

The Israeli army claimed that the soldiers opened fire at a “suspicious” car near the settlement.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot by Israeli forces near settlements and checkpoints in the West Bank for allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israeli forces and settlers.

Israeli forces routinely shoot Palestinians, oftentimes killing them, during these alleged attacks on Israelis, even if the Palestinian could be detained through nonlethal means. This Israeli practice has prompted rights groups to accuse Israel of carrying out "extrajudicial executions" on Palestinians.

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